The ‘Action Nan’ fighting plastic pollution on Cornwall’s beaches

Pat - aka 'Action Nan’ - is a 70-year-old beach cleaner from Cornwall. Two years ago, Pat watched a documentary about plastic pollution and it spurred her into action. She decided she would clean a beach every week, removing discarded pieces of rubbish and plastic that endanger marine life and birds. Pat completed 52 beach cleans last year, and, on top of that, she encouraged 600 local businesses to stop using unnecessary plastic like straws and cups. “I bother because I care,” says Pat. “I care enough for my grandchildren to want them to have a little taste of the wonder I’ve experienced.”

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